Palin’s Palm Reading

2010-02-07-palinhandcloseLast night, the Tea Party circus act had its grand finale. The night was capped with a keynote speech by ringmaster Sarah Palin, who reportedly received upwards of $100,000 for her address. The speech itself was unremarkable. It featured constant swipes at Obama, contrasted with mindless worship of tax cuts, military operations abroad and, of course, Ronald Reagan.

The highlight of the night actually came this morning, when we found out that Palin had scribbled crib notes on her hand to aid her during the brief (and likely pre-conceived) question and answer session.

Still photos clearly show the words “Energy,” “Budget Cut Tax” and “Lift American Spirits” written on her left hand. During the Q+A, she’s asked what the top three priorities would be for a Republican congressional majority in 2011. After citing reduced spending, she looks down at her hand before citing Energy, and, after that, she tries to rub the ink off on her leg.

During her speech only minutes earlier, she took a jab at Obama for reading from a teleprompter.


  1. Chris

    I fear this may only be the beginning of the tea party phenomenon rather than the finle. While it may have started as a party-agnostic response to the bailout of the banking industry, it’s morphed into the populist wing of the Republican party. The tea partiers espouse all the same old Republican beliefs (cut taxes, more war, more bigotry, etc.), just without the disgraced “Republican” label.

    So while the whole Tea Party movement is now certainly absurd, it doesn’t seem to matter. It has Republican money and a certain charisma behind it. Palin’s ascendancy demonstrates that may be enough.

  2. I have no prob with the notes…I have used them when lecturing….but my prob is that they a core beliefs and she has to remind herself what those are…..that brings up the question are they truly her principles or just talking points?

  3. Chris

    I don’t object to notes either. However, Palin is a hypocrite for insulting Obama for using a teleprompter, and her notes are absolutely ridiculous.

  4. Ian

    The Tea Party is fine with me if they want such a polarizing figure as Palin to run for President. I think that even if the people are upset with Obama, they aren’t going to vote Palin in. She’s just too much.

  5. Clint

    Yeah. This incident and others (e.g. the Couric interview) reveal a blatant level of incompetence and artificiality that far surpasses someone like Bush Jr. I can’t imagine her winning on the national level … but if she does, it might be time to flee.

  6. Chris

    Andrew Sullivan is close to completely losing it:
    “Do not under-estimate the appeal of a beautiful, big breasted, divinely chosen warrior-mother as a military leader in a global religious war.”

  7. Clint

    Haha yeah Sullivan’s piece is pretty ridiculous.

    “It was the most electrifying speech I have heard from a leader of the GOP since Reagan.”

    I didn’t listen to the whole speech (probably about 20 minutes, plus some highlights in the newS), but it didn’t strike me as particularly compelling or charismatic.

  8. Chris

    To be fair to Sullivan, the big GOP leaders since Reagan have been George H.W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and John McCain. Not exactly a set of thrilling orators.

  9. Ian

    Palin isn’t exactly a Reagan-esque politician though. Certainly he was charismatic, but he also wasn’t an idiot. Palin just comes across as power hungry and willing to say whatever it takes to get herself elected. She made a fool of herself running with McCain, and its not like shes done an about face since then. She will get obliterated in any debate or real interview.